Wallace High School students recently had the opportunity to take part in an exciting workshop with Professor Keith Delaplane, from the University of Georgia. The Professor of Entomology, author of the renowned “First Lessons in Beekeeping” visited the Clonevin Park School as part of its innovative Stem project.
Coordinator of the project, Lois Stewart explained, “We were delighted to receive funding from the SEELB for the promotion of science, technology, engineering and maths and Professor Delaplane’s visit was thoroughly enjoyed by our students.”
Lower Sixth student Colin Munn went on, “It was fascinating to hear about the ecology of the honey bee particularly as the diminishing number of bees is such a topical issue. Professor Delaplane’s workshop was informative and thought provoking and incredibly beneficial for our AS studies.”
Sarah Montgomery also highlighted the value of the opportunity, “It was fascinating to hear Professor Delaplane’s insights into research opportunities at universities in the United States and it has certainly given me career options to explore.”
Head of Biology, Neal McKnight concluded, “Wallace is forging links with the Institute of Northern Ireland bee keepers with a view to providing exciting learning opportunities for our students. I would like to thank Chairperson of the Institute, Michael Young for coordinating Professor Delaplane’s visit. We also value the continued support of Sam Baird whose expertise and enthusiasm has been inspirational.”